The Oklahoma City Thunder had analysts quickly flicking through all of their notes and research with the 29th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. With plenty of talent still on the board, Sam Presti did was Sam Presti does and he drafted the best player to fit the franchise and this team.
While many casual basketball fans haven’t heard of Josh Huestis out of Stanford, the number 1 overall pick – Andrew Wiggins certainly has. It was during the NCAA Tournament that Wiggins and the highly favored Kansas Jayhawks found out just how good Josh Huestis is. The 6’7″ small forward harassed Wiggins all night into a sub par effort, making just 1 shot in only a handful of attempts.
Length, strength, athleticism and defensive mindset – sounds like someone Presti and the Thunder would like, and they displayed that by selecting Huestis in the first round when many had him going much later in the second round – and some not at all.
If you want to check out Josh Huestis in action, make sure you view his workout video HERE.
For someone who was only able to knock down the triple at 33.8% last season, it sure looks like he has a great shot that can be enhanced.
Huestis appears to be exactly what the Thunder will need moving forward. A versatile swingman who can guard three positions on the floor, brings a great work ethic and high basketball IQ and rarely makes mistakes. He can solidify the Thunder’s perimeter defense and should be able to translate his beautiful shooting stroke into a three point weapon.
A “D & 3″ guy – a position that has become very relevant in the modern day game.
While the Oklahoma City Thunder and Sam Presti will likely use the Tulsa 66ers to assist in the development and improvement of Huestis, that road is a very handy one. Jeremy Lamb improved out of sight though the D-League and Huestis will get that chance as well.
For many people, the drafting of Josh Huestis is a bit of a disappointment, but realistically, the Thunder got a piece that fits now and down the road. Not many draft picks in the late first round come in and make an immediate impact. The Thunder chose to grab a guy with all the tools to become extremely valuable when the time is right.